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5 Newbie Mistakes with Knack Apps

Updated: May 12



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Hey there, folks! Dave Parrish here, founder of Knack Builders, back with another insightful topic for you. If you're finding value in what I share, don't forget to hit that subscribe button and give this video a thumbs up. Today, I want to dive into five common mistakes I see newcomers make when working with Knack.


  1. Misunderstanding Connected Objects: One of the biggest stumbling blocks for beginners is understanding the direction of connected objects. Let's take a simple example: customers and invoices. The relationship between them is one-to-many, meaning one customer can have many invoices. The key here is to initiate the connection from the child object, in this case, the invoices. This ensures clarity and ease of use when navigating your data.

  2. Neglecting Display Fields: The display field is crucial for presenting information in connected records. By setting the appropriate display field, you ensure that relevant data is easily visible and accessible. Don't overlook this step, as it can greatly enhance the user experience and streamline workflow.

  3. Understanding Parent vs. Child Data: Knowing where specific data should reside is essential for efficient database management. For instance, if certain information pertains solely to the parent object and will always be associated with it, there's no need to duplicate it in the child object. This distinction saves space and prevents redundancy in your database structure.

  4. Harnessing Logged-in Views: Logged-in views are a powerful feature in Knack, allowing users to see only the data relevant to them upon logging in. Whether it's leads assigned to salespeople or service requests assigned to technicians, configuring logged-in views correctly ensures personalized and efficient data access.

  5. Implementing Two Must-Have Fields: Lastly, two essential fields every Knack database should include are "Date Created" and a unique ID. Date Created provides valuable information for troubleshooting and tracking record history, while a unique ID facilitates record identification and management, particularly during batch operations or imports.


By addressing these common pitfalls head-on, you'll streamline your Knack building experience and avoid unnecessary frustration. Remember, learning any new tool takes time and practice, so don't be discouraged by initial challenges. Keep experimenting, keep learning, and before you know it, you'll be a Knack pro!

That's all for today, folks. I hope you found these insights valuable. Stay tuned for more tips and tricks from Knack Builders. Until next time, happy building!

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